NHL Rumors: Canucks, Penguins, Jets, Senators, More

NHL Rumors: Canucks, Penguins, Jets, Senators, More

June 19th, 2019 In today's NHL rumor rundown, GM's are two days away from the NHL Entry Draft and things are really starting to heat up. One GM said he's never seen this much conversation in his entire tenure running a team. Among the teams in the NHL rumor mill, the Canucks, Senators, Penguins and Jets are...
NHL Rumors: Penguins, Bruins, Lightning, More

NHL Rumors: Penguins, Bruins, Lightning, More

June 18th, 2019 In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation out of Pittsburgh with the Penguins, questions in Boston with the Bruins, and notes on the Tampa Bay Lighting, among others. Penguins Interested in Simmonds? Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now said that after clearing some space by...

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June 12th, 2019
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In today's NHL rumor rundown there are changes in the Phil Kessel situation out of Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers are looking at possible buyouts, and the Edmonton Oilers aren't sure what's going on with Jesse Puljujarvi. Kessel Staying Put in Pittsburgh Josh Yohe of The Athletic writes that things appear to have change in Pittsburgh as it relates to Phil Kessel. After failing to trade him to the Minnesota Wild, Yohe writes Kessel will probably not be traded now. Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel celebrates his winning goal with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) “I think that’s the way things are headed at this point in time,” GM Jim Rutherford told The Athletic. “I expect Kessel will probably play for Pittsburgh next season.” The change is not for a lack of trying by the Penguins. Kessel was offered around the league for the past two offseasons and while the Penguins understand that moving him helps them make significant changes...
June 10th, 2019
Penguins History

When you think of Pittsburgh Penguins’ rivalries, which teams come to mind? The Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, and… St. Louis Blues? https://twitter.com/penguins/status/962738325605019649 Today, with the teams in separate conferences, meeting just twice each regular season, and having not squared off in the playoffs since 1981, it’s hard to imagine a time when these clubs were bitter enemies. A wild 1969-70 season and 1970 Stanley Cup Semifinal series, however, solidified a hatred that hung around until the Penguins became a part of the Norris Division during the 1974-75 season. The Next Six Expansion Sets the Stage The NHL held its first big expansion in 1967, adding six new teams - the Penguins, Blues, Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, and Oakland Seals - to the “Original Six” lineup. The original teams made up the East Division, while the new teams, though scattered across the United States, made up the West Division. With only...
June 4th, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

Every team's offseason moves lead to discussions and debates, but no signing in recent Pittsburgh Penguins history has met with as much skepticism and consternation as Jim Rutherford's signing of defenseman Jack Johnson. Having failed to shore up his defensive corps with the addition of Matt Hunwick the year prior, Rutherford inked Johnson to a five-year, $16.25 million contract last offseason and the blow-back was immediate. Jim Rutherford Sparks a Firestorm While some assumed the move was driven by Johnson's longstanding friendship with Sidney Crosby, others opined that Rutherford was still intrigued by Johnson whom he had been forced to trade away after drafting him with the third-overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, just two picks behind the captain of the Penguins. Related: Kris Letang Personifies the Penguins' Problems Whatever the reason, it simply couldn't be that a three-time Stanley Cup-winning general manager thought that Johnson was going to...
May 29th, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

As offseason trade rumors continue to swirl, it appears that Phil Kessel won't be wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins sweater during the 2019-20 NHL season. The team was apparently in deep talks to send him to the Minnesota Wild before he used his power to veto the trade with his modified no-trade clause. Kessel has an eight-team list that Pittsburgh is free to trade him to, though it's unclear which teams made the cut. The Penguins can negotiate with the other 22 NHL franchises, but their star winger would have to waive his clause. Unfortunately for the team, it doesn't seem like he'll go for it. https://twitter.com/PierreVLeBrun/status/1131643583394701314 Whatever team does try to land Kessel will need some breathing room when it comes to their salary situation. He carries a $6.8 million cap hit, as Toronto retained $1.2 million per year for the remainder of the contract, which expires after the 2021-22 campaign. In the grand scheme of things, that's not a hefty price for a...
May 27th, 2019
Penguins History

The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the longest active streak for consecutive playoff appearances in the NHL with 13 seasons under their belt. Though they failed to advance to the Stanley Cup Final in the 2019 Postseason - as did other favored teams like the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Vegas Golden Knights - there have been plenty of other memorable Stanley Cup Final moments for the Penguins during their streak. https://twitter.com/penguins/status/874098948776091648 2008: Petr Sykora’s Triple-Overtime Prediction The Stanley Cup Final was new territory for many of the players on the young Penguins squad in 2008, including captain Sidney Crosby. For right winger Petr Sykora, who won the Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000, the series against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings was a chance to show the new guys the ropes. Not only was this the first Stanley Cup Final appearance for many of the Penguins’ players, but it was also only the...
May 26th, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on the Calgary Flames' Sam Bennett, the Dallas Stars considering buying out a forward with some potentially strong upside, what's happening with Pittsburgh and Phil Kessel and the Vegas Golden Knights trying to move salary. Offer Sheet for Bennett Eric Francis of Sportsnet suggested that people shouldn't be surprised if an NHL team considers an offer sheet for Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Calgary has about $14.5 million in cap space and re-signing Bennett, who is arbitration eligible, requires a $2.14 million offer from the Flames. Other teams may look at Matthew Tkachuk's upcoming deal and see an opening for Bennett. Francis also thinks the Flames may clear out some salary with candidates being T.J. Brodie and/or Michael Frolik. Francis says there is a chance Michael Stone could also be bought out. Related: NHL Rumors: Kessel, Tippett, Oilers Signing, More Stars Considering a...

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